Sunday, 24 July 2011

Rang de Basanti - Review




Making realistic movies is not new to Bollywood. There have been a number of realistic movies based on the underworld, politics, freedom struggle and a variety of other subjects. But a movie that is fictional and realistic at the same time along with being linked to a real historic past is definitely rare. Rang de Basanti is what one could call an extra-ordinary imagination of Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.
Mehra tries to portray the general mentality of the Indian youth and the way it is molded into an altogether different sense of patriotism and responsibility is worth applauding. One amazing factor of the movie is the fact that it had imbibed a number of ideas and aspects into one synchronized story that touches the audience.
The story begins with a British documentary film maker Sue McKinley enacted by Alice Patten, wanting to film a documentary on a few Indian freedom fighters. Sue’s grandfather had held a post in the British Indian Army and had written an account of his experience in a diary which had enthralled Sue and inspired her to fly down to India to find a cast for her film. Soha Ali Khan, who plays Sue’s friend Sonia in the movie, helps her with the casting. Sue meets Sonia’s friends in the course, whom she thinks fit for playing the characters in her movie.
Daljiit, played by Aamir Khan, Aslam (Kunal Kapoor), Sukhi (Sharman Joshi) and Karan (Siddharth Narayan) are extremely reluctant about acting in the movie. They do not really have a sense of patriotism and don’t think highly about the freedom fighters Sue was asking them to enact. There is also Atul Kulkarni alias Laxman who is a political activist also plays a part in Sue’s movie.
Daljit plays the role of Chandrashekhar Azad, Aslam of Ashfaqullah Khan, Sukhi enacts Eajguru, Bhagat Singh is portrayed by Karan and Atul plays Ram Prasad Bismil for the documentary.
After a lot of toil, the team completes the shooting and just when they are basking in the glory of its successful completion, Flight Lieutenant Ajay Rathore, who is portrayed by R Madhavan and is Sonia’s fiancĂ©, dies in a MiG 21 crash.
This disturbs everyone and when the government puts the blame on Ajay, all these friends decide to stand up for their friend. With the roles played for the documentary, all of them are absolutely motivated and work on the lines similar to their roles in the movie.
The movie is amazingly woven with innumerable concepts interlinked together. Rakesh Mehra has shown astounding imagination and vision in scripting the story. With the story of a few college friends, it shows a glimpse of our freedom struggle, the way the youth relates to it and the life of a young fighter pilot whose ideologies are far different from that of his friends.
Along with a unique storyline, the music given by A R Rehman and Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics fit in flawlessly. The kind of songs that play through the movie just gives it perfect meaning and interpretation. The youth can easily relate to the kind of language used in the movie. Although the story did not demand extraordinary locations and cinematography, the kind of set-ups chosen in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Punjab does help the output look merrier.
An excellent acting effort by the cast, an incredible story, brilliant music and the playback of veteran Lata Mangeshkar, the movie is definitely a smash and rubbishes the failure of his previous movie, Aks.

- Vinaya Patil

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